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N in hiragana: ん


The sound ‘n’ in hiragana is written ん.

 

ん ‘n’ hiragana stroke order

ん has just one stroke:

  1. It moves down to the left before flicking up again into a double curl out to the right.

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ん ‘n’ hiragana mnemonic

See also: How to make mnemonics

This images should help you to remember how to write ‘n’ in hiragana by associating the letter n with the shape of ん. Remember that the English words used here are not a pronunciation guide. They help you to remember how to write ん, not how to say it.

To learn pronunciation you need to get a lot of listening and speaking practice done. Online services like JapanesePod 101 can help with that.

ん is a nose.
ん is a nose

 

ん ‘n’ hiragana origins

ん is derived from the kanji 无 (nai) . This is pronounced in Mandarin Chinese (hanzi) and mwu in Korean (hanja).

 

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